Life at SAP in the Nordics – Interview with Anne Haaber-Bernth
One of the great things about working in a global organization is having the opportunity to speak to colleagues around the world about their Life at SAP. My name is Heather Walker, and I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of women from all careers levels in the Nordics about their careers, and what drives them. One of those women was Anne Haaber-Bernth, who works across the Nordics and lives in Sweden with her family.
One of the first questions I asked Anne was how she came to work at SAP:
“In 2015 I was contacted by a head hunter and the timing was right. Several market trends are impacting the future; such as the internet of me, platform revolution, outcome based economy, intelligent enterprise; that changes the business models for both customers and IT providers. Several solutions move to cloud and pay as you go, and for a company like SAP the software and services needs to come closer together, to ensure high customer satisfaction and retention, which is a transformation where I can contribute. SAP is on an exciting transformation journey with investments in SAP HANA for real time analysis, the cloud areas and business networks, SuccessFactors and Ariba, and that positions SAP well for this future.
My role is Head of Digital Business Services for the Nordics & Baltics. SAP Digital Business Services (DBS) support SAP’s customers with their digitalization journey. I lead DBS in the Nordic and Baltics, and I manage approximately 50 people through 6 first-line managers, and have an indirect leadership of an extended international team.
I love that the SAP culture is a good mix of global structures and individual attitudes. SAP has really helped me make use of my skills and experiences.”
Outside of work Anne’s focus is on her family and lots of activities:
“I have 2 kids, which forces you to have discipline and prioritize and it is these skills which give you your work-life balance. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as working out through skiing, running, yoga and other physical training.”
Finally, I asked Anne is there was a standout moment in her career with SAP that she would like to share with our readers:
“One of my best moments working at SAP was when meeting with a customer a few weeks ago and they expressed how super happy they were with our delivery in a shorter timeframe than planned and below budget. We had truly acted as trusted advisors and walked that extra mile for our customer, making them successful in their business – and that’s what we strive to do.”
If you would like to see how you could make a difference to our business and our customers you can search our vacancies in the Nordics here.
Since writing this blog Anne has been promoted to the role of Managing Director for SAP in Sweden. Congratulations Anne!